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The celebratory alcohol is barely dry on the shirts handed out to the Boston Red Sox after winning the World Series on Sunday night, but in a news cycle that never sleeps, we’re already moving onto the 2019 season via offseason moves.
The Minnesota Twins are facing a pivotal offseason. The brain trust of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine have overseen a swinging pendulum so far through two seasons, and are coming off a big hire in new manager Rocco Baldelli late last week.
How will they attack an offseason with ample cash to spend, a few big holes on the roster and a handful of youngsters with plenty to prove at this level?
Well, here’s what I’d do:
Arbitration Decisions (numbers from Matt Swartz, MLB Trade Rumors)
- Jake Odorizzi - $9.4 million (tender)
- Kyle Gibson - $7.9 million (tender)
- Eddie Rosario - $5.0 million (tender)
- Robbie Grossman - $4.0 million (non-tender)
- Max Kepler - $3.2 million (tender)
- Miguel Sano - $3.1 million (tender)
- Ehire Adrianza - $1.8 million (tender)
- Taylor Rogers - $1.6 million (tender)
- Byron Buxton - $1.2 million (tender)
- Trevor May - $1.1 million (tender)
Most of these are pretty easy. I have no gripes with Grossman -- he’s plenty useful from an on-base and pinch-hitting standpoint -- but I think the Twins can go younger, cheaper and more defensively able in the outfield with Jake Cave, Johnny Field or even Zack Granite.
- C Yasmani Grandal - four years, $80 million
- 2B Jed Lowrie - two years, $16 million
- IF Daniel Descalso - two years, $10 million
- RP David Robertson - two years, $22 million
- RP Cody Allen - one year, $8 million (plus incentives)